How to Fish for Trout in a Pond

How to Fish for Trout in a Pond
Fishing for trout in a pond is a relaxing and enjoyable recreational activity which is well-suited to a wide range of people. As it may be difficult for many individuals to access a river or stream due to age or physical circumstances, pond fishing is an excellent alternative. With a simple fishing set up and bait, it is relatively easy to catch pond trout.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod and reel with line Terminal tackle, including bobber or float, weights, hooks and bait
  • Fishing rod and reel with line
  • Terminal tackle, including bobber or float, weights, hooks and bait
Step 1
Locate an easily accessible area of the pond which will allow the fishing line and bait to easily enter the water. An area free from limbs, brush and tall grasses is a good location.
Step 2
Attach a float to the fishing line a few feet from the end of the line. Tie a fishing hook to the line and position a small weight a foot or so above the hook. This set up will allow the weight to hang down into the water suspended by the float. The float will also indicate a strike by a trout.
Step 3
Attach bait to the hook. Use worms, salmon eggs, dough balls, corn, special trout bait or even mini marshmallows. Make sure the bait is securely attached to the hook, as the water will tend to soften the bait, causing it to release from the hook.
Step 4
Cast the bait to a location several feet from the bank. Allow the bait to sit and avoid the temptation to reel the bait back in. Periodically retrieve line over time, to entice fish and to also retrieve the bait for another cast.
Step 5
Allow the trout to completely take the bait. Do not immediately try to set the hook, as the bait may be jerked away from the fish before fully taking the hook. Once hooked, reel the fish in to the bank.

Tips & Warnings

Make the outing child-friendly by using baits which are easily handled by children, such as mini multicolored marshmallows and corn. Assist them with the actual baiting process to avoid accidentally becoming hooked.
Handle hooks with care as they are typically honed razor sharp from the manufacturer. Also make sure people are clear from the area when casting the line to avoid accidental hookings.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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